Location: Halton and Hamilton Region
Fundraising Target: $30,000+
Date Needed: Immediately
Project Contact: Judith Alexander
In September 2015 a small group of people in our church began the process of looking into refugee sponsorship. This opportunity arose at the request of help from a family within our church looking to secure the safety of their family fleeing a war-torn and persecuted region of Northern Iraq.
Working alongside WORLD RENEW as the sponsorship agreement holder, we were able to bring this family to Canada in January 2018. The outstanding cost for resettlement of this family is $30,000. We are organizing employment opportunities, housing, transportation, furnishing, banking, health, and the spiritual care of this family. This a wonderful opportunity for us as a greater church body to come together to provide practically for their needs.
Local Missionary Partners
In January 2016, our church welcomed a Christian Syrian refugee family from Damascus. The Azzam family arrived here as part of the initiative to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada. The Lord has given this family a heart to continue the ministry they were involved in back home which is to see Arabs reached with the gospel. They are actively looking to use their knowledge of the Arabic language and Syrian heritage as a door to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
A portion of the funds raised to date for the Refugee Ministry at Harvest has gone towards supporting this family and other local initiatives to see the love of Christ extended to Arabs living in our region. Sam and Christine are actively looking for people and other local churches to help support their ministry. For more information or to support them financially please check out their web page
Over the last number of years we have experienced an increase in Arabic speaking attenders of our church, including Arabic speaking refugees. In order to best serve this growing demographic, we have put together a volunteer team of translators who live-translate our weekend worship and preaching into Arabic.
We are excited to announce that Arabic translation is available each week at the Saturday 5pm service. Headsets are available before the service to the right of the Connections Desk in the foyer.
If you would like to be involved in the refugee ministry, please fill out the quick form below and you will be contacted with more information.